Definitions of devastation

  1. an event that results in total destruction Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. termination by an act of destruction Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the feeling of being counfounded or overwhelmed; "her departure left him in utter devasation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Waste of the goods of the deceased by an executor or administrator. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Act of devastating: state of being devastated: waste: desolation. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Act of devastating; waste; desolation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. The act of devastating; the state of being devastated; waste, desolation, or ruin; waste of the goods of the deceased by an executor or administrator. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. The act of laying waste; state of being laid waste; destruction, as by armies, floods, &c. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for devastation

  1. There will be devastation and other things in my army's rear for which there is no need and for which I have no stomach. – Rung Ho! by Talbot Mundy
  2. His policy of blood and devastation breaking the neck of Desmond's rebellion, but failing to put an end to it, became at length more than the home Government could bear; and with mutual dissatisfaction he was recalled before his work was done. – Spenser (English Men of Letters Series) by R. W. Church